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Egypt court upholds life sentence for ousted president over conspiring with foreign groups

  • FILE - In this  Monday, April 30, 2012 file photo, Mohammed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate, listens during a campaigning conference in Cairo Egypt. An Egyptian court on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 has upheld a life sentence for ousted Islamist President Morsi and confirmed death sentences against 16 others over charges of conspiring with foreign groups, including the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, April 30, 2012 file photo, Mohammed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate, listens during a campaigning conference in Cairo Egypt. An Egyptian court on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 has upheld a life sentence for ousted Islamist President Morsi and confirmed death sentences against 16 others over charges of conspiring with foreign groups, including the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi gestures in a defendants cage at the Police Academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. An Egyptian court on Tuesday confirmed a death sentence handed to Morsi over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that eventually brought him to power. On Tuesday a separate ruling upheld a life sentence for Morsi and confirmed death sentences against 16 others over charges of conspiring with foreign groups, including the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi gestures in a defendants cage at the Police Academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. An Egyptian court on Tuesday confirmed a death sentence handed to Morsi over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that eventually brought him to power. On Tuesday a separate ruling upheld a life sentence for Morsi and confirmed death sentences against 16 others over charges of conspiring with foreign groups, including the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this  Monday, April 30, 2012 file photo, Mohammed Morsi, then the Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate, listens during a campaigning conference in Cairo, Egypt. On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 an Egyptian court confirmed a death sentence handed to ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that eventually brought him to power. On Tuesday a separate ruling upheld a life sentence for Morsi and confirmed death sentences against 16 others over charges of conspiring with foreign groups, including the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, April 30, 2012 file photo, Mohammed Morsi, then the Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate, listens during a campaigning conference in Cairo, Egypt. On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 an Egyptian court confirmed a death sentence handed to ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that eventually brought him to power. On Tuesday a separate ruling upheld a life sentence for Morsi and confirmed death sentences against 16 others over charges of conspiring with foreign groups, including the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)  (The Associated Press)

An Egyptian court has upheld a life sentence for ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and confirmed death sentences against 16 others over charges of conspiring with foreign groups, including the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

Judge Shaaban al-Shami issued the ruling, which can be appealed, on Tuesday. He is expected to rule later Tuesday on an earlier death sentence handed to Morsi over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising.

The 16 defendants whose death sentences were upheld include three senior members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group. The other 13 were tried in absentia. Morsi was among 17 defendants sentenced to life in prison.

The military overthrew and detained Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, in July 2013 amid massive protests demanding his resignation.